One Dough, Three Designer-Worthy Gingerbread Houses

With one simple gingerbread dough recipe and one easy royal icing recipe you can make three stylish gingerbread houses this holiday season.
By: Heather Baird
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One Basic Dough Can Make Three Stunning Houses

This holiday season, craft up a project that's fun for the entire family. Beautiful gingerbread houses are easy to construct with a sturdy dough recipe and a thick royal icing to keep all the pieces intact. Learn how to make miniature Victorian, log cabin and Cape Cod homes from edible pieces this winter.

Make a Victorian-Style Gingerbread House

An elegant Victorian-inspired gingerbread house decked out in yellow icing and dusted in powdered sugar "snow" makes for a cheerful holiday display. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

After rolling out gingerbread dough, use the Victorian house template to cut out house pieces with a sharp knife.

Bake Pieces and Re-Cut

After baking, re-cut the gingerbread pieces to ensure they will fit together perfectly when assembled.

Construct House With Candy Melts

Use warm candy melts to construct and attach the gingerbread pieces to form the Victorian home and porch.

Cover House With Royal Icing

Cover the front, back, sides and roof of the house with royal icing in a soft yellow hue.

Use Chocolate Fondant as Roof

Roll out chocolate fondant and gently drape over the roof and press to adhere to the icing.

Create Scalloped Shingles

Use a scallop-edge cookie cutter or a small spoon to create scalloped shingle impressions in the fondant on the roof.

Create Front Door

Use green and white fondant to create the home's front door. Press on a dragree as the "doorknob".

You're Finished!

To finish, dust with powdered sugar "snow" and add small model trees for embellishment around the home.

Make a Log Cabin-Style Gingerbread House

Use pretzel rods to craft up a rustic log cabin gingerbread house to serve as the centerpiece for a holiday dessert table or mantelscape. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

After rolling out gingerbread dough, use the log cabin template to cut out house pieces with a sharp knife.

Construct House With Candy Melts

After baking, use warm candy melts to construct and attach the four sides of the log cabin. Then, coat the under edges of the roof pieces with melted candy and place them on top.

Attach Chocolate Fondant Shingles to Roof

Cut pieces of chocolate fondant and use a knife or toothpick to serrate each piece to create the look of shingles. Attach the pieces to the roof in layers.

Measure Pretzel Rods Against House

Use a sharp knife to measure pretzel rods against the front of the house, and then cut to size.

Attach Pretzel Rods to Royal Icing

Cover the front of the house with royal icing and attach the properly-sized pretzel rods.

Add Chocolate Fondant Planks

Attach strips of chocolate fondant just below the roof using royal icing. Use a knife or toothpick to serrate, creating the look of wooden planks.

Add Chocolate Fondant Doors

Use small pieces of chocolate fondant to create doors. Serrate with a knife or toothpick, and then press a dragee into each one to create "doorknobs".

Attach a Fondant Wreath

Circular fondant covered in green sanding sugar and confetti sprinkles is transformed into a miniature holiday wreath.

You're Finished!

To finish, dust with powdered sugar "snow", add small model trees and construct a fondant snowman for an extra-festive touch.

Make a Cape Cod-Style Gingerbread House

This charming blue Cape Cod-inspired gingerbread house is sure to delight holiday party guests. Dust with powdered sugar "snow" for a full wintry effect. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

After rolling out gingerbread dough, use the Cape Cod template to cut out house pieces with a sharp knife.

Bake Pieces and Re-Cut

After baking, re-cut the gingerbread pieces to ensure they will fit together perfectly when assembled.

Construct House With Candy Melts

Gather the gingerbread pieces and use melted candy to begin construction. Attach a front/back piece with a side piece to form the Cape Cod structure.

Cover House With Royal Icing

Cover the front, back and sides of the house with royal icing in a soft blue hue.

Use Chocolate Fondant as Roof

Coat the roof with royal icing and press on chocolate fondant. Use a knife or toothpick to create shingles.

Create Front Door

Use a small piece of red fondant to create the home's front door. Serrate with a knife or toothpick and press a dragree into the right side as a "doorknob".

Create Holiday Wreath

Decorate a circular piece of chocolate fondant with green sanding sugar and confetti sprinkles to create a festive holiday wreath for the home's exterior.

You're Finished!

To finish, dust with powdered sugar "snow", add small model trees and construct a miniature fondant snowman for a festive effect.

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